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Re: WRAL Investigates - NC Division of Marine Fisheries #CRFLGate
« Reply #52 on: April 19, 2017, 11:23:38 PM »
NC Division of Marine Fisheries and a "Documented" history of "Grants Gone Bad"...



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Re: WRAL Investigates - NC Division of Marine Fisheries #CRFLGate
« Reply #51 on: April 18, 2017, 06:13:40 PM »
Has the time arrived to merge NCDMF and NCWRC in an effort to provide much needed Risk Controls?

With this kind of prior history how is it that DMF finds itself at the same crossroads, only this time entangled with the Feds?


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Re: WRAL Investigates - NC Division of Marine Fisheries #CRFLGate
« Reply #50 on: April 18, 2017, 03:35:12 PM »
Audit findings strongly suggest CRFL license sales SAVE'ed NC Division of Marine Fisheries significant resources... 

So why is NCDMF continuing to receive millions of dollars from the #CRFLFund under the false narrative of license sales, when it actually likely resulting in a net savings to the Division? 

Current DMF data shows DMF sold 1661 CRFL's in 2016 at a cost to the CRFL fund of $270.00 per sale.






NCDMF charges Coastal Recreational Fishing License Fund $270.00 for each Recreational license sold based on the below data -








Why did NCDMF specifically take $2.7M in CRFL Funds to administer license sales for years 2012 -2017 yet their own license sales receipts show in 2016 they only sold 1661 Recreational License?

NC IT Document indicates NCWRC is infact the agency who sold 99% of the CRFL Licenses, not NCDMF.





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Re: WRAL Investigates - NC Division of Marine Fisheries #CRFLGate
« Reply #49 on: April 18, 2017, 10:40:52 AM »

Apples or Oranges?? 

Guess it depends on what pot of funding you intend on "Raiding"... 









#crflgate 
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Re: WRAL Investigates - NC Division of Marine Fisheries #CRFLGate
« Reply #48 on: April 14, 2017, 05:31:46 AM »

Things are getting mighty fishy over at the NC Department of Fishy--


 


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Re: WRAL Investigates - NC Division of Marine Fisheries #CRFLGate
« Reply #47 on: April 09, 2017, 02:53:07 PM »

Did Recreatinal Anglers CRFL funds compensate Jeffrey Buckley research fellow for trips to California and Canada?  Why is Buckley using Recreational Anglers Funds to study how to keep Commercial Gillnets compliant with the ESA?


Date: April 9, 2017 at 1:05:22 PM EDT
To: Citizens Science
Subject: crflgate- NCSU Fellowship- gill net bycatch study

https://ncseagrant.ncsu.edu/coastwatch/previous-issues/2017-2/winter-2017/nc-marine-fisheries-fellows-where-are-they-now/

FINDING HOTSPOTS, REDUCING BYCATCH

Liza Hoos presented her fellowship research a the International Marine Conservation Congress. Photo courtesy Liza Hoos.

The most recent N.C. marine fisheries fellow, Liza Hoos, analyzed data collected by the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries to identify areas where endangered species, including Atlantic sturgeon and sea turtles, are caught in gill nets.

During the fellowship, she worked to develop maps that designate “hotspots” where these incidents occur. Her maps may help fishery managers determine ways to reduce bycatch of these species, while allowing gillnet fisheries to continue.

Her analyses already have been incorporated in management strategies for setting closure areas, notes Jeffrey Buckel, a fisheries biologist at NC State University’s Center for Marine Sciences and Technology and Hoos’ fellowship mentor.

Her fellowship also involved documenting the location and timing of fishing closures, and how those may affect bycatch reduction. In 2016, she traveled to California and Canada to present her research. Her fellowship ended in November 2016.

This article was published in the Winter 2017 issue of Coastwatch.

For contact information and reprint requests, visit ncseagrant.ncsu.edu/coastwatch/contact/.
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Re: WRAL Investigates - NC Division of Marine Fisheries #CRFLGate
« Reply #46 on: April 06, 2017, 02:11:12 AM »

We're still at a loss how NCDMF diverted $11,000,000.00 from the CRFL fund to pay for 25 jobs from 12-17?

Then approved the same jobs for $13.8m for 18-22... 

NC Statute states DMF lacks authority to divert funds for any new CRFL fund jobs without a legislative mandate.

We're having a hard time finding the mandated that would get us to the 25 jobs.


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Re: WRAL Investigates - NC Division of Marine Fisheries #CRFLGate
« Reply #45 on: April 04, 2017, 05:27:39 AM »
From the proposal above: "...NCDMF must not divert construction funds into maintenance costs..."

That's pretty rich: DMF talking about not diverting funds. They are well aware of what diversion means. They've obviously had YEARS of experience doing it too.

Great work Citizens' Science!!!!

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Re: WRAL Investigates - NC Division of Marine Fisheries #CRFLGate
« Reply #44 on: April 03, 2017, 09:35:28 PM »

Would a $250,000.00 "Maintenance" (CRFL) Grant used to patch up a 40 yr old Landing Craft therefor be a diversion of funds? 

Isn't maintenance an ongoing general fund budgetary item? 

How does welding new steel plate on a 1976 barge "Improving Recreational Habitat"?

Did NC Anglers agree to "Fund" NCDMF's Maintenance Account?











NCDMF Sales Job --



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Re: WRAL Investigates - NC Division of Marine Fisheries #CRFLGate
« Reply #43 on: April 02, 2017, 03:10:39 PM »
Are you sitting down...   

Dr. Jeff Buckley gains $270,000 in CFRL funds research that:

Quote - research fellow:  "It is important to note that the identified hot spots can be used to close areas for both commercial and recreational fishing to prevent gear interactions (e.g. hook and line, gill net) with sea turtles and sturgeon."

Yes, that's correct...  DMF approved $270k in recreational license funds used to "Restrict" access and opportunity....  That's a massive violation of 50 CFR 80...

And it was approved -


Via NC Waterman - Dr. Jeff Buckel the DMF's golden boy researcher who always gets his CRFL money and ALWAYS toes the DMF party line.  We saw a good example of that at the petition hearing in New Bern.

CRFL share funded about $270,000 of this study under a Fellowship Program at NCSU. It's my understanding that CRFL funded 2/3 and SeaGrant funded 1/3. 

Recipient:  Dr. Jeffrey A. Buckel
Grant Award #:  NCSU Project ID# 570221 (NCDENR Task Order #6431)

Grant Title:  Marine Fisheries Fellowship Program

Grant Award Period:  7/1/2015-6/30/2020

The 2014-2016 fellow, Liza Hoos, is collaborating with the NC Division of Marine Fisheries to address research questions associated with identifying bycatch (turtle and Atlantic sturgeon) hot spots and providing management options to reduce bycatch. 
Liza has been working on a report that uses data collected by DMF Program 466 to predict if fishery closures can successfully reduce sea turtle and Atlantic sturgeon bycatch. This report demonstrates a simple method for simulating different spatial patterns of fishing effort redistribution after a closure. Selecting a closure that is predicted to achieve bycatch reduction under several different patterns of effort redistribution, as opposed to a single pattern deemed the most probable to occur, increases the likelihood that the closure will truly reduce bycatch once in place. The results of this analysis also allow managers to weigh the pros and cons of potential closures in terms of the predicted change in bycatch relative to the predicted impact on target catch.  It is important to note that the identified hot spots can be used to close areas for both commercial and recreational fishing to prevent gear interactions (e.g. hook and line, gill net) with sea turtles and sturgeon.


Just like cake and ice cream, the way the Division paints the project above-

http://portal.ncdenr.org/c/document_library/get_file?uuid=5ce8d223-6708-4336-b749-188f9352b97d&groupId=38337

N.C. State University Marine Fisheries Fellowship Program - $50,822 Five year grant which pairs M.S., Ph.D. students or recent graduates with biologists at N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries.

* While its reasonable to assume Ms. Hoos as a research fellow would likely not have known of the strict USFWS funding requirements. 

Mr. Buckley on the other hand may be the reason the GA refuses to adopt the required Assent Language.  Further, knowingly seeking recreational funds to study what amounts to commercial interaction with Sturgin is disingenuous as best. 

Perhaps Mr. Buckley should put the University Treasurer on notice as I feel certain many, many refunds will be requested.
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